Entries in renewable resources (46)

Tuesday
Apr012014

New wind power forecast integrated into ISO-NE processes and control room operations 

More precise information about the predicted electricity output from  wind resources improves dispatch efficiency, helps optimize power output from wind generators

Over the past several years, the amount of wind power connected to the New England high-voltage power grid has increased at a fairly quick pace—from approximately two megawatts (MW) in 2005 to more than 700 MW on the system today. Another 2,000 MW of wind generation has been proposed in the region.

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Thursday
Feb272014

New England Governors continue their heavy focus on energy issues in 2014

ISO-NE summarizes major themes from the State of the
State Addresses

During January and February 2014, each of the six New England governors gave a State of the State Address highlighting the many energy challenges facing the region.

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Monday
Feb102014

ISO-NE collaborates with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on high-performance computing project

Promising results were delivered in late 2013 from ISO New England’s partnership with scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to explore more efficient, reliable ways of integrating renewable resources into the grid. The collaboration was part of a pilot program called hpc4energy incubator, aimed at accelerating the development of energy technology using high-performance computing (HPC). The ISO was one of six program participants selected by LLNL in March 2012 to work with the national laboratory to demonstrate how HPC modeling and simulation benefit their respective projects. The collaboration kicked off in April 2012 and ran for a year and a half.

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Tuesday
Jan282014

New England Governors announce proposal to expand regional energy infrastructure

The six New England governors have announced a cooperative regional initiative designed to expand energy infrastructure in New England.

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Tuesday
Sep172013

Growth in solar energy means changes for power grid planning, operations

Solar energy has become one of the fastest growing types of electricity generation in New England. Based on ISO New England and available state data, more than 250 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) resources were installed by the end of 2012—and approximately half of that was in 2012 alone. While this is still a relatively small amount—many conventional power plants in New England are larger than this aggregate capacity—the mounting volume and pace of solar development has prompted ISO New England to ratchet up its efforts to understand the impact this resource and other distributed generation (DG) technologies, such as cogeneration, biomass, and wind turbines, will have on the regional grid.

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Monday
Jul012013

ISO-NE summarizes factors that contribute to curtailment of wind power during grid operations

Over the past five years, the amount of wind power connected to the New England high-voltage power grid has grown rapidly—from approximately two megawatts (MW) in 2005 to more than 700 MW today. Another 2,000+ MW of wind generation has been proposed for the region. Rapidly evolving technology, public policy goals and requirements, and government programs such as the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) are all contributing to rising wind energy development. The growth of this resource adds to the region’s generation portfolio and can also help meet state renewable energy goals. At the same time, it is also adding new and complex challenges to managing the New England power grid.

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